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Skaneateles Artisans Presents

Skaneateles Dickens Celebration

Meet The Artist

Saturday December 14th

Live Demo by Wildlife Sculptor Steve Fland

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Live Demo between 12 PM to 4 PM

skaneateles artisans Steve Fland – Wildlife Sculptor

As a wildlife sculptor since 1978,  my artwork is very intensive, with most pieces taking over 100 hours.  One of my pieces took over 2000 hours. I sculpt out of Tupelo and then the work is textured, (burned) and then painted with anywhere between 10 and 20 thin washes of paint.
Habitat is also important based on actual observations in the field.

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Sunday December 15th from 12 PM to 4 PM

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Meet John Morrow and see His beautiful

Skaneateles Dicken's Collection

 

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skaneateles artisans John Morrow - Painter

"The first time I was in Skaneateles during the Christmas Season was December of 2016.  It started snowing late that morning.  It was a windless day and the large snowflakes seemed to float effortlessly in the steel blue sky.  There was Magic in the air.  As I walked around town capturing the Dickens' characters in their ostentatious garb with my camera, I knew I would have to immortalize them in paint.  Each year I have added one or two new paintings to this collection."

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Sunday December 15th from 12 PM to 4 PM

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Meet Writer Douglass Bass

Author Bio

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Born on Christmas Eve, 1975, in Brooklyn, New York, Douglas A. Bass had a love for writing for as long as he could hold a pencil.  This passion continued as he grew up on Long Island and throughout his life into his adult years.  Perhaps it was because of his Yuletide birthday, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, as told in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, always held a special place in his heart and imagination.  One day, well after he had settled in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York near Canandaigua Lake, a thought struck him as he watched the 1951 Alastair Sim version of the tale:  How did Ebenezer Scrooge get to be the miser we meet as the movie opens?  Was he born this way?  And if not, what kinds of experiences must he have had to take him to such a dark place in his life, while seemingly having all the comforts money could buy?
               This led to other questions.  Who were the people in young Ebenezer’s life?  How did they affect him and how did he affect them?  What was happening in the world around him that shaped his view of mankind?  Although we are told he led a good life after his visits from the Spirits, what did that life actually look like?  How did he employ the lessons he learned on that fateful Christmas night in 1843?  And what if, just what if, Charles Dickens, despite his best efforts, didn’t get the story entirely right?


               As Mr. Bass began writing, the characters began speaking to him and telling him the true tale of who they were and how they lived.  Ebenezer Scrooge was no longer a fictional character on the page and on the screen.  He came to life, as did all of the others in his world. 


Now, Ebenezer’s incredible true life story can be shared with all of you.  Prepare yourself to have your assumptions challenged, your beliefs defied, and to never be able to watch A Christmas Carol the same way ever again!

 

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